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Essence of Being Human
Set in 1978, "Gracie" is an inspirational film about a teenage girl
who overcomes the loss of her brother and fights the odds to
achieve her dream of playing competitive soccer at a time when
girls' soccer did not exist. Based on true events from the lives of
the Shue family (producer and co-star Andrew Shue, and actress
Elisabeth Shue), the film is directed by Academy Award®winning
director Davis Guggenheim ("An Inconvenient Truth"),
who happens to be part of the family as well, being married to
Elisabeth Shue. The film also features a terrific 1970's
soundtrack including classic songs from Boston, Blondie, Aretha
Franklin, and the Boss, Bruce Springsteen).
The Cinematic Arts Have the
Power to Transform
Elisabeth Shue, Carly Schroeder, and
Our Artists Are
Recently, Schroeder completed
work in the independent film Prey,
directed by Darrell Roodt and
shot in South Africa. She has also
finished a starring role in the
independent feature Eye of the
Dolphin, written and directed by
Schroeder was most recently
seen in Richard Loncraine’s,
Firewall for Warner Brothers
Studios playing the daughter of
Harrison Ford and Virginia
Madsen’s character; she is taken
hostage in order for the
kidnappers to blackmail Ford.
Elisabeth Shue was honored with
an Academy Award® nomination for
her performance in Mike Figgis’s
Leaving Las Vegas, Shue most
recently starred in Dreamer
opposite Kurt Russell and Dakota
Her list of film credits includes Hide
and Seek Mysterious Skin, Hollow
Man, Molly, Cousin Bette, Palmetto,
Deconstructing Harry, The Saint,
The Trigger, Heart and Souls, Back
to the Future, Parts II & III, Cocktail,
Adventures in Babysitting, The
Actors help us: laugh, be happy, cry, get angry,
and even think. Can there be any better gifts?
Filmmakers are Revolutionaries,
Not Just Entertainers
Andrew Shue, with
DAVIS GUGGENHEIM (Director)
Davis Guggenheim was the director and executive producer of
the Academy Award®-winning feature film documentary An
Inconvenient Truth with former Vice President, Al Gore. He was
producer and director of the Emmy Award-winning HBO series
Deadwood. His television directing credits include the pilot of the
CBS show The Unit as well as episodes of Numbers, The Shield,
Alias, 24, and such critically acclaimed programs as NYPD Blue,
ER, and Party of Five. He was an Executive Producer of Training
Day and director of the film Gossip for Warner Brothers.
TRIVIA AND NEWS
Movie Making is the Convergence
of Many Talents and Art Forms
The film was inspired by events in the lives of
the Shue family. Elisabeth Shue played a role
inspired by her mother, Andrew Shue
produced the film and had a small role,
younger brother John Shue helped raised the
finances, and it was directed by Davis
Guggenheim, Elisabeth's husband.
Although the film was motivated by the
family's history, Elisabeth Shue, the
inspiration for the film's title character,
actually quit soccer as a teenager:
“The movie is really what would have
happened if I hadn’t quit. I quit because of
what people would think of me. The pressure
from the boys. The awkward development of
my body. I really, really regret it. I wish I’d
been brave enough.”
Living in South Orange, New Jersey, 15 year old Gracie Bowen
(Carly Schroeder) is the only girl in a family of three brothers. Their
family life revolves almost entirely around soccer: her father
(Dermot Mulroney) and brothers are obsessed with the sport,
practicing in the backyard's makeshift field every day from morning
All Kids are Born Artistic
What is Natural is Essential
Tragedy unexpectedly strikes
when Gracie's older brother
Johnny (Jesse Lee Soffer), star of
the high school varsity soccer
team (and a character based on
the Shue's older brother William,
who was captain of the Columbia
High School soccer team that won
the New Jersey state
championship in 1978), is killed in
a car accident.
Stories Embody the
Essence of Being Human
Struggling with grief over her family's loss, Gracie decides to fill
the void left on her brother's team by petitioning the school board
to allow her to play on the boy's high school varsity soccer team
in his place. Her father, a former soccer star himself, tries to prove
to Gracie that she is not tough enough or talented enough to play
Cinematic Story Telling is a
Profoundly Humanizing endeavor.
Her mother, Lindsey Bowen (Elisabeth Shue) already an outsider in
the sports-obsessed family, is no help either. Undeterred, Gracie
finds reserves of strength she never knew existed, and persists in
changing everyone's beliefs in what she is capable of, including her
Film making is a
Gracie not only forces her father
to wake up from his grief and
see her as the beautiful and
strong person that she has
always been but she also brings
her family together in the face of
Free Artistic Expression is
a Mark of a Free Society
Heavy with tidy meaning and
--Michelle Orange, Village Voice
Plays out like an extended
--Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
Two stars out of four
--Christy Lemire, AP Movie Critic
Gracie Can't Bend It: Teenage girl
soccer star defies all obstacles to
--Kelly Vance, East Bay Express
FILM REVIEW by david bruce
Art is the Language
Elisabeth Shue, the inspiration for the film's title
character, says: “The movie is really what would
have happened if I hadn’t quit (the team). I quit
because of what people would think of me. The
pressure from the boys. The awkward
development of my body. I really, really regret it.
I wish I’d been brave enough.”
This is a “what would happened if…” story.
Elisabeth Shue imagines a what if scenario! We
all do this. Of course the problem is that,
although “Life can only be understood
backwards …it must be lived forwards (Soren
Kierkegaard).” Therefore, as Kierkegaard,
states: “Be that self which one truly is.” Never
FINDING TRUTH IN
Moving from being on
the side lines as a girl
cheerleader to being a
team player on an all
boy’s team isn’t easy:
“There is nothing with
which every man is so
afraid as getting to
know how enormously
much he is capable of
Society is only as free as its arts.
Art is the voice of human freedom.
Art is a
DARE OR DIE
“To dare is to lose one's
footing momentarily. Not
to dare is to lose
WHY MOVIES ARE SO IMPORTANT
To Restrict Creativity is to Restrict
the very Nature of the Creator
"The meaning of life is the most urgent of
questions" --Albert Camus (Existentialist thinker).
In “Movies and the Meaning of Life” author Kimberly
Blessing points out that movies can help us reflect
on five of life’s most important questions:
1) What is reality and how can I know it?
2) How can I find my true identity?
3) What the significance of my interactions with
4) What’s the point of my life?
5) How ought I to live my life?
The idea behind Visual Hollywood is that Movies can
and must play an essential role helping us explore
the meaning of our existence and our life together.
No other quest is more necessary or important.
Movies are powerful. Movies bring personal
meaning, and can contribute to a peaceful world.
Cinematic story telling can be a transforming event.
Visual Hollywood takes
an existential approach
to life. We celebrate
with human freedom.
We use movies and the
arts as a means of
human condition and
our collective relation
to the world around us.
Our basic quest is:
1. To know what it
means to be human in
2. The pursuit of human
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